Iran launches missiles vs. US forces in Iraq, Pentagon confirms


The move comes after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles at two airbases housing USA troops in Iraq. The missile attacks were in retaliation to the us assassination of IRGC Quds Force chief Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January in Baghdad.

Her Democratic House colleague Eliot Engel, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, told CNN however the attacks "could very well" mean that the USA was at war.

Iran launched a series of attacks on USA targets in Iraq including the targetting of two bases at Al-Asad and Abril with over a dozen ballistic missiles amid rising tensions following the killing of senior Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a United States airstrike last week. He also called on other world powers to break away from the Iran nuclear deal and called on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation to become more involved in the Middle East.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter that "Iran took & concluded proportionate measures in self-defense" and added, "We do not seek escalation or war, but will defend ourselves against any aggression".

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"In Operation Martyr Soleimani in the early hours of Wednesday, tens of ground-to-ground missiles were fired at the US base and successfully pounded Ain al-Asad Base", the IRGC said in an official statement.

Iran's missile launch - January 8 in Iraq, late January 7 in the USA - was said to be in retaliation for Washington's targeted killing of Iran's top militia commander, Maj.

After reports circulated that President Donald Trump was preparing to address the nation Tuesday evening, Grisham told the New York Times that Trump will not have an address.

The attacks come less than a week after the United States killed IRCG Quds Force Maj.

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We are aware of reports of attacks on USA facilities in Iraq. "These bases have been on high alert due to indications that the Iranian regime planned to attack our forces & interests in the region", Pentagon press secretary Alyssa Farah tweeted.

Tens of thousands of people had poured onto the streets of Kerman to pay tribute to Soleimani, who was killed in a USA drone strike in Iraq on Friday.

"It's the worst thing that could happen to Iraq - if we leave" during the current turmoil while facing threats from Iran and a continuing battle against the remnants of the Islamic state.

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